New Foundation Created to Enhance Arkansas Parks and Recreation

(From media release) A new nonprofit organization will provide an innovative approach for enhancing parks and recreational opportunities in Arkansas. Parks and Recreation Foundation of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) entity organized to support, protect, enhance, and add value to places that provide exceptional recreation experiences across the state. Little Rock attorney John Gill is the founding … [Read more...]

Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks has been a proponent of mountain biking in the state since the 1980's. This Summer, come by the Capitol on a hot day and check out the history of mountain biking in Arkansas State Parks, from the full rigid days of the 80's to the high-tech carbon mountain bikes and gravel grinders. Come check it out and then check out an Arkansas State Park trail. Here is what the … [Read more...]

5 State Parks Off the Beaten Path – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Whether you’re looking to hike a trail, journey through a moment of Arkansas’s history, muddy up the tires on your mountain bike, or just get away for the weekend, there is an Arkansas State Park waiting for you. There are 52 diverse parks scattered throughout this beautiful state so no matter where you find yourself in Arkansas, you’re sure to be near at least one Arkansas State Park. If … [Read more...]

What is a Park Interpreter? – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Ever wanted to know more about the flora, fauna, geology, or history of Arkansas? Arkansas State Park Interpreters have the information and enjoy sharing it. A goal all park employees share—from the most behind-the-scenes support staff to the top administrators—is to help make sure you have the best experience possible. We know your free time is valuable, and we want to help you make the most of … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome Kicks off the Cross Country Season

The beginning of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, Cross Country season, was a little extra special this year. A new race with a new venue added some excitement and a personal connection made the event even more special. The Ugly Gnome Mountain Bike Race took place on the Enders Fault Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas on Sunday. The weather was perfect, … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 20K

Wanda Eason and her team of volunteers from Heifer International and the Conway Heifer Community Volunteer Group continue to raise the bar each year. The Hoof it for Heifer 20K continues to grow each year, gaining new sponsors, more runners, and more donations. Race entries have grown from less than 50 to a sell out of 200 spots with many runners on a waiting list, reduced to begging on social … [Read more...]

Arkansas State Parks Celebrates New Year with First Day Hikes

Arkansas State Parks will host free, guided hikes in our state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2016 at a state park close to home. “We are excited to … [Read more...]

Doing the Cane Creek Canter

Star City is a small Arkansas town of about 2500 residents that lies at the border between the Timberland and Delta regions. This unique position allows visitors to enjoy the timbered lake with a marked kayak trail and abundant fishing as well as beautiful woodland trails like the 15.5 mile Cane Creek Lake Trail. For the second year, the park has hosted a winter no frills fun run that allows … [Read more...]

The Skullcrusher Legend: Cossatot River Half Marathon

The planning began during the heat of a summer afternoon while looking forward to the cool mornings of autumn. A group of runner friends, anticipating the arrival of fall trail runs, planned a weekend long trip to run the half marathon at Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area in southwest Arkansas. Cabins were rented, menus were planned, carpools were formed, and on the Friday before the race … [Read more...]

Short on Runners, Long on Spirit

We had another great year at Race the Base Trail Run. We may not have had as many runners as we had in 2013, but we had plenty of spirit. We had a great crew of last minute volunteers from a local running group, while many other members of the group were racing. We certainly appreciate this crew of athletes who have helped Arkansas Outside with a few events recently. Saturday many of them stepped … [Read more...]